100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Observant and funny and thoughtful too, powered exclusively by vérité footage without a word of narration, Babies is William Blake’s Infant Joy brought to rich cinematic life.
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88

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
It's a lovely bit of blood-pressure-lowering cinema that never betrays its simple conceit.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
I don’t think the movie is looking for answers; it isn’t asking any questions. But by its very nature, this is both an experiment in ontology (do babies know they’re babies?) and existentialism (are they thinking about who to be?).
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The contrast in lifestyles is striking, and I suppose one of the themes that Babies is trying to get at is that despite chasm-wide economic and societal differences, infants are really all the same.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As the movie goes on, these fleshy little beings turn into…well, people. And that's something to see. But Babies, without falsifying its subject, could have used a more soul-stirring sense of showbiz -- that is, a riper display of infantile special effects.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The similarity between the children is the most striking part of the movie.
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70

NPR

Of course, there's no need to overthink it: If you just want to watch a baby respond to the arrival of a rooster in his bed with perfect comic timing, Babies is the movie to see.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
As a portrait of children who are wanted and loved, it's intimate and often delightful.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The point of Babies, to the extent that it has one beyond allowing us to revel in unstoppable baby cuteness, is to underscore that infants everywhere are more similar than they are different, regardless of what country they’re born and raised in.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
So after about an hour of watching four children eat, bathe and crawl, you might start to wonder why you've paid to see somebody else's home movies.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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